Q. I just started homeschooling. Am I required to send test scores to the superintendent by August 1?


A. Yes, if you complied with the homeschool law by filing a “Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction” form or by writing a letter, you are required to provide evidence of progress by August 1 each year. The law does not make an exception based on the number of months you have homeschooled.


If you are concerned about your child’s lack of progress during such a short time, have him take the test, but be sure to allow enough time to receive the results, review them, and if necessary, consider another method of evaluation.


For information about testing, see our recent Testing FAQ.


With regards,


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  1. Yvonne G. says:

    Just to clarify, depending on how you have claimed your intent to provide home education, your evidence of progress does not necessarily have to be test results. I have home schooled since 2001 and I have always provided evidence of progress using a portfolio (by August 1st). Testing proved to be an inadequate method of reflecting true, educational progress with my children.

    The law states that parents can provide “an evaluation or assessment which the division superintendent determines to indicate that the child is achieving an adequate level of educational growth and progress…”. This is not limited to testing.

    Talk to your county administrator to determine what will work best for your children. I found mine to be more than willing to work with me.

    ~Yvonne G.